Life in Christ
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there
is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about
Avirtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good.
It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the
best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with
all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and
chooses it in concrete actions.
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habit-
ual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order
our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith.
They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally
good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.
The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are
the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers
of the human being for communion with divine love.
The cardinal virtues
Four virtues play a pivotal role and accordingly are called
“cardinal”; all the others are grouped around them. They are:
prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. “If anyone loves
righteousness, [Wisdom’s] labors are virtues; for she teaches tem-
perance and prudence, justice, and courage.”
These virtues are
praised under other names in many passages of Scripture.
63 St. Gregory of Nyssa,
1: PG 44, 1200D.